Youth Football Practice Number 10
After assessing our teams performance and watching the game film we set the practice plans for the week. As is the case with most teams we will do a little bit of tweaking with personnel, but not much. Our initial evaluations were pretty much right on target, but we did see some additional effort and potential coming from a couple of first year players that warranted some additional responsibilities.
On my youngest team that means our undersized power tackle will see some reps at wingback and on the age 10-11 team the safety will see some reps at linebacker.
On individuals we worked on finishing our blocks off, with hands and playing to a very long whistle of about 7 seconds. We emphasized coming of the ball on the “G” of go. A longer than normal in time and distance board drill was added and we worked our quickness off the ball with our tennis ball drill to round out the work for our linemen.
The backs worked on open field blocking technique including the diamond drill as well as some 3 level Oklahoma and the Gauntlet drill. We still have a few of the backup backs hesitating a bit, not attacking the line of scrimmage, so we worked the chaser drill some as well. All of our starters we are real happy with their aggressiveness, the backups however needed the work and we are coaching everyone up.
We worked the last hour on team fit and freeze offense and to get some conditioning is, we are moving the play forward and spotting the ball 10 yards forward every snap. We rotate on every play at full speed and are at about 14 seconds between reps at the age 12-13 level. Both teams worked out some minor execution problems that one can expect after just 9 practices.
All the drills, offense and defense can be found in the book “Winning Youth Football a Step by Step Plan”.
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